by guest blogger David Duncan, The Steward Partnership
It’s 2 out of 3! That’s how many adults generally plan to make a leisure trip between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
How about you? Will you be heading to the beach? The mountains? The lake? The cabin? The city? To see friends and relatives? Or to take a break from friends and relatives?
Before you go, you may want to change the oil, check the tires, the brakes, the fluids – and update your will.
What was that?
That’s right! Before you go on vacation is a great time to make sure your estate desires are reflected in your documents, property titles, and beneficiary arrangements.
Having these stewardship tools up to date makes that vacation more peaceful knowing your Christian values are reflected in your plans.
Let us know if we can help. Our services are without cost or obligation (won’t cut into the vacation fund) but can be very valuable. Call us at 417.782.0060, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or begin your research at www.gnpi.org/plannedgiving.
Have a great vacation!
“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.” You know the verse. We can find it in Matthew as well as in Mark. There have been wars and rumors of wars throughout time, and it’s always scary. It’s especially scary when it’s close to you, or someone you love.
There are wars between countries or tribes, civil wars within countries, drug wars, the war on terrorism, the war on Christian values, Spiritual warfare, and even wars within our homes.
To warn you, there are some graphic images in this video. Many times we look away and forget or ignore the fact that this is real life for someone. We hope you will use this powerful video as a reminder to pray for peace, and to pray for countries and regions experiencing violence.
Our God still reigns.
Nothing surprises him.
Nothing will knock him off his throne.
Nothing will stop his plans for you.
Nothing will separate you from his love.
Together let’s ask him to bring peace and healing into our world, into our homes, and into our hearts.
video used with permission from www.prayercast.com
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” — Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)
It Is a Marvel!
David Lall of GNPI-Damoh, India, shares an email from Pastor Nishi Barde. He has a church of about 2,000 members. Pastor Barde writes, “I want to thank you personally for providing us with the Solar Kit, which is equipped with all the electronic devices to show The Global Gospel to the unreached people of our area. Dear brother, I feel that you are a man of innovation. How wonderfully you’ve assembled every component into one case for the extension of his kingdom. It is a marvel! Yesterday, we introduced this device in our church and prayed for your ministry. Thank you, once again, for helping us in our ministry.”
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya writes, “Please remember us in prayer. As a country, we are under attack by terrorists, suspected to be the Al-Shabaab militant group. Recently, a bomb detonated in a public transport vehicle that had occupants. Several people lost their lives and many were wounded. In a span of four weeks, there have been several similar attacks around the country. Your prayers are highly valued.”
“God Has Used You!”
Regional Director Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico shares, “One viewer contacted us after seeing our latest release of the short film, Unleashed by Blood. The viewer writes, ‘Raziel, God bless you. God has used you by this film. I was speechless. I did mourn. I remembered my past life and how I was transformed by the mighty power of Jesus Christ. I am sure this film will help many people right now with lives just as we were.’ ” Thank you for praying and giving so that our coworkers at GNPI-Mexico can produce media that shows Spanish speakers how Jesus Christ can relate to them in practical ways.
A new project has been completed by a GNPI partner, Freedom Films, in Thailand. It is Seksan Jaima’s testimony. Jaima says in the video, “I used to think that money is everything in life . . . The purpose of our lives is to know God and have a relationship with him . . . I am now happy and feel fulfilled . . . Jesus changed my life.”
Holding Us Together!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines says, “A couple of our staff members are learning to assemble and edit simple one-minute videos to generate more interest in both Asin at Ilaw and WWJD. We are also preparing to shoot more episodes of WWJD. Knowing that you are holding us up in prayer definitely holds us all together here. Thanks so much.”
by Tom Nutt, Director of Operations
Thailand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Seeing the diversity and beauty that God has created is often breathtaking and part of what makes traveling so fun. Even more beautiful than the landscape and countryside in these vast and diverse countries are the people who live there. All very different, but all made in his image.
As I traveled to several of the different temples and observed the various ways in which people were worshiping, I was drawn to the sights and sounds of those praying. Why are they here? What are they praying? Who is listening to their prayers? What hope do they have? How do we reach these people with the Truth as we know it? As an observer, I could jump to many conclusions. Many of my conclusions would probably be wrong, but my mind was put at ease knowing that I didn’t need to have all of the answers to my questions. There are others who work and live there who do know. “Nationals know best,” as we at GNPI always say, and there is a group of nationals and missionaries whom I was there to visit. They do know these answers, and they have a well-thought-out plan on how to reach and teach their people.
Chiang Mai is home to one of the nine GNPI regional centers and home to a team of innovative thinkers and media savvy evangelists. I went there to encourage them in their work and to look for other ways that we could assist them, but I was the one who walked away encouraged! This creative team is involved in the ongoing process of producing several different series. One series is called BEC. This stands for Bible Extension Courses, which covers a variety of topics to teach people how to be effective Christians. This series is produced in both English and Lisu and distributed on DVD and via the Internet. Another series is People Everywhere, which is a testimonial program of individuals talking about how their lives changed after becoming believers. It demonstrates how they use their beliefs in everyday life. It is an interesting look into the lives of some pretty intriguing people.
While there in Chiang Mai, I also had the opportunity to demonstrate the Solar Kit to a group of missionaries who had gathered for some fellowship. One young lady waited her turn and then asked, “How can I get one of these?” I am not supposed to use her real name, so I will call her Ruth. Ruth was visiting from across the border in a large neighboring country. She couldn’t tell me many of the details of her work, but it was easy to see her compassion. Ruth works among some of the tribal groups living in mountains in this enormous country. She told me about a certain group of men she knows who focus their efforts on those with physical handicaps and those suffering with an array of mental illnesses and diseases. My ears perked up when Ruth started talking about those with special needs because of my younger sister, Lynda. Lynda lived her short life full of mental and physical challenges. Lynda had the best care that money can buy and kind, loving Christian parents to attend to her every need.
What Ruth said next still causes a lump in my throat and a tear to my eye every time I think of it. Many of the people in these villages, living with these challenges, have been abandoned. There is little or no help to enable them to have any quality of life as we know it. No one really knows or understands how to help, so most of them have very little interaction with others. Some of the more severe cases of those afflicted with mental illnesses are kept in handmade, wooden cages to try and protect them from hurting themselves or others. Can you imagine what that must be like? Ruth said, “I can’t wait to see the looks on their faces when they are able to see The Global Gospel in their language for the first time.” I was at a loss for words! Wow!
As we study the Scriptures we read about people having an innate knowledge of Christ, even though they may have never had the opportunity to read or even be taught about the Messiah coming to earth. Somehow, they just know. I can’t help but pray that these people in wooden cages will have a knowledge that surpasses all understanding when they see the Message of Christ in their language on one of these simple Solar Kits. Your support and generosity has made The Global Gospel and these Solar Kits possible.
Thanks for allowing me to work for you and travel to these spectacular places and witness first hand what God is doing through you!
Since 1989, GNPI has strategically positioned nine regional centers throughout the world. Like a large family, where each child is unique, the same could be said for each regional center. Some have a staff of ten, others a staff of three. Some work only in video; others work in a host of media formats. Some produce media for youth, while others target science and apologetics as their “sweet spot” topic.
Each regional center director wants to grow by adding more staff and better production equipment to take on projects like:
A five-part video series over oppressive social issues in the Spanish youth culture
Books and video clips addressing the existence of God in Russia
Indigenous worship music for new believers with Buddhist backgrounds
All GNPI productions consider the needs of the culture, community, city, country, and the local churches serving them! We maintain that nationals know best, and that our work needs to reflect the heart language and understanding of those it touches.
Not only do local people know the language and customs, they’re connected to preachers, distribution networks, and broadcasting contacts. In addition, local people help us finish productions faster and with less expense.
Completing projects like those mentioned above will require increased budget support. Over the next few years, our regional centers will work hard to be more strategically and financially effective than ever before. We’ll provide training on new equipment. We’ll hire additional staff who can share impact stories created as a result of what God is using them to accomplish. With your help, these centers of production will impact the growth of God’s kingdom like never before!
With the emergence of project NOMaD as a training ground throughout the world for new men and women of media, there may soon be other “children” added to our regional center family. Thanks for being part of our growth and vision for the future!
Kenya is a beautiful country, rich in colors, music, and history. Kenyans are strong and have endured much. More than 1.6 million people are living with HIV/AIDS and more than 60% of the population is 25 years old or younger.
The regional center in Kenya produces material that is culturally relevant and much of it is geared toward young people. Their music videos are even being used in the school system through a partnership with Kenya Institute of Education, who have been a backbone in Kenya’s education for many years.
This video will allow you a look at some of the beautiful people of this country and help you pray for this nation.
video used with permission from www.prayercast.com
Jeff Silkwood has joined his father, Tom Silkwood, regional director of the GNPI regional center in Thailand. Part of Jeff’s responsibility will be to assemble and distribute Solar Kits.
by Jeff Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand
We can see how God is already working here in Chiang Mai, and we are amazed that we were led to meet a pastor and his family. The pastor has several of our same interests and passions. One goal of the church where this pastor serves is to reach out to the community and also to villages in the mountains. They invited me to come along and see the villages throughout Thailand. Some of these villages are Christian and some are non-Christian. We are speechless to see how God is moving as we just arrived here, and we were not even looking for this ministry opportunity.
The pastor also told us they have had a hard time doing some of their mission work in the mountains because they can’t take their projector and play the songs and other materials for the kids without electricity. I told them about the Solar Kit project, and they were amazed. They thought this would be a wonderful benefit and tool to spread the Gospel in the villages of Thailand. The pastor asked me if I would have time to go with him to the mountains. Why wouldn’t I have time? This is why I came to Thailand!
We have no idea what direction this opportunity could take us, but we are excited to see how it blends with all of our goals.We didn’t know where to start our ministry with GNPI.We didn’t know where we would take or use the Solar Kits after they were made.We didn’t know where to look for the needs in Thailand, where to evangelize after we get more language skills or even how to dive into learning the Thai culture. This is an open door with the possibility to begin answering all these questions. We are praying that God leads us in the way he wants us to go and gives us the discernment about what to do in every situation. It is good to be speechless, so we can listen for God’s leading.
“I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.” — Psalm 130:5 (NIV)
“The Global Gospel Preaches!”
Jesca of GNPI-Uganda writes, “Last Sunday, Mbale Church of Christ started using The Global Gospel in the Luganda version in the main services for preaching purposes. They will be using it until September. For these five months, they are teaching about the life of Christ. We are also making preparations for our first music video.”
My Cup Runneth Over!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines writes about a visit from a local pastor to let her know that approximately 30 young people made decisions for Christ after watching two WWJD programs. Nenette shares, “I am personally overwhelmed and greatly humbled to learn of the transformation happening among these young people. We had planned only for television, where the only feedback we could get was the ‘all-powerful’ ratings, the be-all and end-all of television programs. Yet, with this ‘small-time’ video showing at a church, it is a big bonus that we are able to see the impact on our audience and even see God changing lives right before our eyes. How could that ever compare to ratings? Praise the Lord! My cup runneth over!”
“This Steadfast Hope!”
Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “What a blessed hope we Christians have in Christ to live with him for eternity. It is truly a privilege to worship a mighty and living God who is our Saviour. As we tread on life’s journey, let this steadfast hope lead us to that great awakening when our Master returns. We pray for God’s mercy and guidance of the Holy Spirit to enable us with his strength and wisdom.”
Serving at Summer Camp!
New staff member, Pong Dang, of GNPI-SE Asia shares, “We recently had our national holiday for the water festival. Most of our team went to a summer youth camp and had a good time participating in various ways. We saw that God was working there wonderfully. Six young people accepted Jesus Christ and were baptized on the last day. Then we handed them over to the members of a local church to care for them. Now we are back in the office and working on The Global Gospel.”
One of the members of the NOMaD team in Donetsk writes, “In Kramatorsk (our home town), terrorists are barricading the main streets. They block the streets with public transportation and cars seized from civilians. Downtown is all one barricade. Thus, they expect to stop the Ukrainian special forces. There are shootings and explosions on the outskirts of the city. Please pray for the safety of our church and family members.”
By definition, a nomad is someone who wanders from place to place, usually in search of food or water to provide for their livestock. At GNPI, our version of a nomad is a bit different.
The vision for project NOMaD was sparked about five years ago. NOMaD is an acronym for National Outreach using Media and Discipleship. As the world goes digital, there is increasing demand and opportunity to use media as a digital classroom and even as a digital pulpit!
In addition to the increased demand for digital content, producing material this way has never been more of a reality for ministries throughout the world. Today’s video equipment is more advanced, lightweight, cheaper, and easier to use. In other words, more people than ever are in a prime position to use media and technology to accelerate global evangelism!
At our regional office in Damoh, India, we recently taught a group of young motorcyclists how to create a safety video about the importance of wearing helmets. The result: they learned to write the script, shoot the video, and edit for a finished product – all on their cell phones!
NOMaD exemplifies one of GNPI’s core values, being culturally relevant. What better way to remain sensitive and open to a specific culture than to train nationals to use the latest equipment for evangelism, whether in India or another part of the world. For example, it’s expensive to send Americans to Africa. It’s far better to train and equip African nationals to use today’s equipment for their needs. Of the people, for the people, and by the people — that’s project NOMaD!
God has put the pieces into place in the five years since the vision was cast. NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller works with GNPI’s nine regional centers throughout the world to train potential “people of media,” individuals who are passionate about using technology to accelerate global evangelism.
Various levels of training and equipping are taking place. Currently, seven NOMaD teams function in places like Pachuca, Mexico; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Kigali, Rwanda. More opportunities and possibilities emerge all the time.
The world needs Christian content to address current issues in Biblical ways. NOMaD team members are trained and equipped to do just that around the ever-expanding global network of GNPI.